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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 15, 1893)
then some ono with bottor judgmont should
mako up the program. If the music num
bers aro worthy n place and the performers
are worthily chosen, then it is an unpardon
able rudeness to treat them as they aro
almost always treated. There certainly is
no escapo from this conclusion. It mutters
not whether this thing occurs in what is
known as polite society even in Lincoln;
society is neither polilo nor considerate nor
well-bred that tolerates this. What would
bo thought of an. audience that treated a
speaker in this manner ? Yet what aro the
musicians but thoso who conset to speak to
us with a language peculiarly their own, full
of rythm and eloquont harmony. Who
would turn from a guest when ho was speak
ing, to converse with a third person? Yet
those who favor audiences with the results
of their long study and acquired skill are
peculiarly the guests of the evening being
present by special invitation, and occupying
that which ought to bo a position of marked
distinction. The very nature of their work
is such as to render them peculiarly sensitive
to the slightest inattention or interruption;
yet they are treated as though they were in
truders, and simply to bo tolerated, endured,
so long as they must remain on the platform.
A most superb piece of work on the violin
recently was treated with so much (uninten
tional ? customary '( thoughtless ?) rudeness
that it was a marvel of patience and self
control that it was not abruptly stopped at
the middle of the score; and how many stu
dents show due appreciation of the excellent
and conscientious work done so uncomplain
ingly each morning, as students pass into
These are a few plain words about a
plainly discourteous custom. It is not pecu
liar to this University, nor to the otherwise
delightful society of this city nor is it om
nipresent in either the university or in Lin
coln. But there is enough of it to warrant a
plea for its abatement. Let us have in the
societies, and at all public gatherings, a
spirit of thoughtful consideration that will
secure a respectful hearing and undivided
attontion for even the most unimportant
number upon oven a poor program. Let us
thus learn self-control and that first and
loading principle of all true gentility un
A rocky recitation in geology is very gneiss.
Wm. Astor has promised $100,000 to found a
Negro University in Oklahoma. Ex.
At the University of Chicago, chapel is held at
12:30 p. m. daily, and is compulsory.
President Harrison will probably deliver lec
tures in the Lcland Stanford Law school after his
retirement from office.
The faculty of the University of Chicago wear
"caps and gowns." How beautiful they all must
look ! So captivating!
The Yale eleven will receive as trophies a
small gold foot-ball and a souvenir picture of
each member of the team.
It is said that the University of Pennsylvania
students have formed an association to do away
with wine at class banquets.
A movement is on foot to arrange a platoon of
cavalry at Iowa State University. Uniforms and
equipage will be furnished by the state.
The coeds of the University of Michigan have
petitioned the legislature for $20,000 to build an
annex to the gymnasium for the use of ladies.
How is this for a sensational heading :
"soc ET TUUM."
It was only on account of an oratorical contest.
The museums at Harvard will hereafter be open
on Sunday from 1 to 4 o'clock throughout the
year, another modern idea brought into vogue.
First newspaper man: "Did you ever do lit
erary work on your voyage across?" Second
newspaper man: "Yes, I contributed largely to
the Atlantic." Ilhni.
The foot-ball half-back pays his bills
And laughs with infinite glee ;
For he sees how much easier now than before
It is to break a "V." Ex.
The oldest paper in the world is "King Pan"
in China, founded in 911, published intermittently
until 1 36 1, then made a weekly, since 1804 a
daily, and now issued in three editions a day.
Instead of writing a short essay each week,
the sophomore class in English at Wesleyan will
hereafter be required to write a short novel, to be
handed in at the mid-year examination. Daily
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